Developer: iZotope, Inc.
Price: $4.99 Download on the App Store
iDrum: Ministry of Sound, from developer iZotope, is a neat little app that lets you recreate the feel of your favorite beats from different genres. The iDrum series in three different flavors, Club, Hip Hop and the version we're reviewing here featuring unique and original samples from Ministry of Sound.
Its remarkably intuitive interface seems to be one of the best in the business when it comes to simplicity. It's easy enough for someone with no previous musical knowledge to use, all the while maintaining enough depth to make iDrum useful for producers on the go. Looking for something to write beats with? iDrum: Ministry of Sound comes loaded with a ton of high-quality beats all ready to go, waiting to be tampered with, along with an option to save beats created from scratch.
There is nothing wrong with iDrum. It does exactly what it is supposed to, and does it well. The only problem is, it's not a very interesting app. Its utility begins to wear thin and you quickly notice that its not all that exciting. The idea of iDrum: Ministry of Sound is golden, but the reality of the matter is that it’s too much of the same, which severely dulls the fun-factor.
It seems to me like iZotope has a great interface on their hands that could be used to create a professional-grade app. With more features and more options, a more powerful edition — designed strictly for those involved in music production — would be a great addition to the growing number of pro-grade iPhone apps available.
For the record, the Ministry of Sound Anthems edition was used for this review, so I can’t comment on the beats and samples featured in the other versions. If you have either of the other two editions, leave a comment to let us know what you think.